Expectations High As Northeast Arkansas Harvest Begins

SEPTEMBER 2, 2004 - Posted at 4:31 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Rice yields appear to be above average in northeast Arkansas.

State rice specialist Chuck Wilson says the further north he travels, the better the rice crop looks.  Wilson says he expects a good rice crop and good yields.

With Arkansas the leading rice-producing state in the United States, a big crop here could mean a large overall American rice crop and a big boost to the state's economy.  Riceland Foods spokesman Bill Reed says the Stuttgart-based cooperative has begun receiving rice at all locations.  He says some farmers have seen the best crop this year that they've ever had.

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